The Power of One
One of the most powerful movie scenes in Hollywood history comes from Schindler’s List, the 1993 Academy Award-winning film about the Holocaust that tells the story of Oskar Schindler, an entrepreneur-turned-hero who saved 1,200 Jews from the Nazis by employing them in his factory. At the end of the war, the employees presented Schindler with a ring forged out of the gold from a worker’s teeth, with the following inscription from the Talmud: “He who saves one life, saves an entire world.”
This is an emotional moment. Yet, instead of feeling satisfied with his heroic role in saving lives, Schindler bemoaned the fact that he could have saved even more Jews. He wished he would have sold his car, his watch, anything in order to buy a life. At that powerful moment, Schindler discovered the value of one human being, and he would have paid anything to save one.
Never sell out another for personal gain. It dishonors the protocol of Life…and is most distasteful.
Selling out another person means advancing one’s own personal agenda at the expense of another person. This could be as elaborate as orchestrating a ponzi scheme that enriches the organizer while impoverishing unknowing investors, or it could be as simple as spreading gossip about one person in order to ingratiate one’s self with another. Any time we gain at the expense of another human being, we are selling out. That is intolerable and invites great trials upon us. Indeed, what goes around comes around.
Never under estimate the power of ONE! (DJS)